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Michelle Waterson (born January 6, 1986) is an Thai American female mixed martial artist and model whose nickname is The Karate Hottie.[1][2]

Born in Colorado Springs and raised in Aurora, Waterson began her modeling career in 2004 after she graduated high school.[3]

A karate student since the age of 10, Waterson holds a Black Belt in American Free Style Karate and has also trained in WuShu and Muay Thai.[4]

Waterson rose to fame as a contestant on the Muay Thai-themed Fight Girls reality show on the Oxygen television network.[2]

She is featured in the music video for Head Crusher, the first single from the Endgame album by the American Metal band Megadeth.[5]

MMA career[]

Waterson made her MMA debut on February 16, 2007 at Ring of Fire 28: Evolution against Andrea Miller and won the fight by Unanimous Decision.[6]

She faced current Freestyle Cage Fighting Champion Lynn Alvarez at Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed on December 1, 2007, but lost by submission in the first round.[6]

Waterson made her Strikeforce debut against Tyra Parker at Strikeforce: Payback on October 3, 2008.[2] She won the fight by rear naked choke submission in the first round.[7]

Waterson faced Karina Taylor at Duke City MMA Series 1 on March 1, 2009.[8] She won the fight by armbar submission in the first round. There was some controversy with this fight due to the fact that Taylor did not tap out to the armbar.[9]

On April 11, 2009, Waterson fought former WIBA and IFBA Flyweight Boxing Champion Elena Reid at Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown.[10] Reid won the fight by TKO in the second round.[11]

Waterson most recently faced the debuting Rosary Califano at EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6 and won by submission due to a flying armbar in just 15 seconds.[12]

She will next face Masako Yoshida at "Spring Brawl" on April 24, 2010.[13]

MMA record[]

Result Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location
Japan flag.svg Masako Yoshida Spring Brawl April 24, 2010 United States flag.svg Fargo, North Dakota
Win 7-3 United States flag.svg Rosary Califano Submission (Flying Armbar) EB - Beatdown at 4 Bears 6 February 13, 2010 1 0:15 United States flag.svg New Town, North Dakota
Loss 6-3 United States flag.svg Elena Reid TKO (Punches) Apache Gold: Extreme Beatdown April 11, 2009 2 1:50 United States flag.svg Phoenix, Arizona
Win 6-2 United States flag.svg Karina Taylor Technical Submission (Armbar) Duke City MMA Series 1 March 14, 2009 1 2:36 United States flag.svg Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 5-2 United States flag.svg Tyra Parker Submission
(Rear Naked Choke)
Strikeforce: Payback October 3, 2008 1 1:20 United States flag.svg Denver, Colorado
Win 4-2 United States flag.svg Cristal Macatol Submission (Armbar) SCA - Bike n Brawl 2 August 23, 2008 1 0:22 United States flag.svg Albuquerque, New Mexico
Win 3-2 United States flag.svg Thricia Poovey TKO (Corner Stoppage) King of the Cage: Badlands July 12, 2008 2 N/A United States flag.svg Albuquerque, New Mexico
Loss 2-2 United States flag.svg Lynn Alvarez Submission
(Guillotine Choke)
Ring of Fire 31: Undisputed December 1, 2007 1 1:19 United States flag.svg Broomfield, Colorado
Win 2-1 United States flag.svg Jaime Cook Submission (Armbar) Ring of Fire 30: Domination September 15, 2007 1 1:33 United States flag.svg Broomfield, Colorado
Loss 1-1 United States flag.svg Alicia Gumm Decision (Unanimous) RMBB - Battle of the Arts June 30, 2007 2 5:00 United States flag.svg Denver, Colorado
Win 1-0 United States flag.svg Andrea Miller Decision (Unanimous) Ring of Fire 28: Evolution February 16, 2007 3 3:00 United States flag.svg Broomfield, Colorado

See also[]

  • Gallery
  • List of female mixed martial artists


  1. Professional MMA Record For Michelle Waterson. FighterGirls.com. Retrieved on September 11, 2009.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 'Karate Hottie' Michelle Waterson readies for Strikeforce debut. MMAMANIA.com (2008-10-02). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  3. Michelle Waterson On The Cover of DSport Magazine. MMAFightGirls.com. Retrieved on September 11, 2009.
  4. Exclusive Interview With Michelle Waterson. MMARising.com. Retrieved on October 4, 2009.
  5. Michelle Waterson Featured In Megadeth's "Head Crusher" Video. Noisecreep. Retrieved on September 17, 2009.
  6. 6.0 6.1 "KARATE HOTTIE" RETURNS TO RING OF FIRE. ROFMMA.com (2007-11-28). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  7. "Strikeforce: Payback" live updates and official results. MMAJUNKIE.com (2008-10-03). Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  8. Duke City MMA Series 1. SHERDOG.com (2009-03-04). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  9. “Series 1” shows serious strengths First official Saenz-Jackson’s card a hit in the Duke City; Barreras beats down Barlow in main go. NNEWMEXICOCAGE.com (2009-03-15). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  10. Elena “Baby Doll” Reid takes on Michelle Waterson at ‘Extreme Beatdown’ on April 11. PROMMANOW.com (2009-04-09). Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  11. Tuchscherer, "Baby Doll" Reid and Forbes win at Extreme Beatdown. MMAJUNKIE.com (2009-04-12). Archived from the original on 2012-07-13. Retrieved on 2010-02-10.
  12. Michelle Waterson Wins At Extreme Beatdown 6. MMARising.com. Retrieved on February 21, 2010.
  13. Waterson Set To Face Yoshida At "Spring Brawl". MMARising.com. Retrieved on March 16, 2010.

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